Pat Thomas “The Long Long Night” (Verve 10333-B, 1964)

Pat Thomas “The Long Long Night” (Verve 10333-B, 1964) Jazz Singer Pat Thomas found herself in an interesting predicament. Having trotted onto the scene in 1961, she managed to score the one of highest  charting versions of ” “Desafinado (Slightly Out Of Tune)” the next year. Her relative youth, beauty and poise made her seem…

Barbara Lewis “I’ll Make Him Love Me” (Atlantic 2400, Pop #72, 1967)

Barbara Lewis “I’ll Make Him Love Me” (Atlantic 2400, Pop #72, 1967) Her otherworldly sweet singing and songwriting brought her one of the most legendary R&B classics from 1963. We celebrate the seductive powers of one Barbara Lewis, who still sweetens things up as she strolls into her 73rd Birthday this Tuesday Evening. Although a…

Marva Josie “Birthday Fella” (United Artists 786, 1964)

Marva Josie “Birthday Fella” (United Artists 786, 1964) It strikes me that a year ago, and about 5 months into spinning Vinyl, first at Hard French, then at Sugar Town, I decided, in these days to give myself a legit web presence. It’s the first birthday of the DJ Larsupreme website page and the DJ…

The Drifters “Answer The Phone” (Atlantic 2268-B, 1965)

The Drifters “Answer The Phone” (Atlantic 2268-B, 1965) One of the difficulties of relating any song about the technology surrounding telephone calls is that most are remarkably dated. From “Beechwood 4-5-7-8-9” from 1962 or “Mr Telephone Man” in 1984, so many things have gone the way of the rotary dial. But avoiding calls is timeless….

Dean and Jean “Hey Dean, Hey Jean” (Rust 5075, Pop #32, 1964)

Dean and Jean “Hey Dean, Hey Jean” (Rust 5075, Pop #32, 1964) It’s the last T-Minus 96 minutes of the Calendar Year. 2015 was a “something” in my parlance. I close out this year feeling feet burned by different coals yet invigorated by the whole process at the same time. The thing that often solves…

Anna King “The Big Change” (Ludix 103, 1963)

Anna King “The Big Change” (Ludix 103, 1963) Sometimes all it takes is one LP and a connection to a Soul Legend to solidify your place in R&B History. However, Anna King was much more than her year + affiliation with James Brown and his review. Today we celebrate what would have been the Philly…